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Weekly Gospel reading, the Sermon and performance of the "Hymn of the Day". Emanuel is located at 311 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

Weekly Gospel reading, the Sermon and performance of the "Hymn of the Day". Emanuel is located at 311 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106
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Weekly Gospel reading, the Sermon and performance of the "Hymn of the Day". Emanuel is located at 311 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106






January 13, 2019 - Baptism of Our Lord: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

The Baptism of Our Lord cannot help but recall our own and all baptismal blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as daughters and sons, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of the beloved Son of God in bread and wine. The theme of Pastor Paula's sermon was "New Beginnings: A Journey with Jesus"


January 6, 2019 - Epiphany Sunday: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

A Celebration of Epiphany and Light for the Journey Epiphany means “to reveal.” On this day we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi’s adoration of the Christ child, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water into wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. We go forth to witness to the...


December 30, 2018 - First Sunday After Christmas - Lessons and Reflections

The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). As we gather we hear again the good news the angels proclaimed: God has come for all people through the birth of the one named Jesus. Through Bethlehem’s manger God comes into the chaos, messiness, and vulnerability of the world. In all things and at all times, we rejoice that...


December 24, 2018 - Christmas Eve - Gospel Acclamation, Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Christmas Eve Service at Emanuel Lutheran Church. On a long winter evening we gather to proclaim the coming of the light. Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim that the Prince of peace is born among us. God...


December 23, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-9: A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the...


December 16, 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent. Pastor Paula's Sermon continues with the them of "Prophetic Promises" focusing on Zephaniah.


December 9, 2018 - Second Sunday of Advent: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Forerunners and messengers advance the advent of our God. While John the baptizer’s voice in the wilderness may be the principal focus of the day, Malachi’s prophecy could as easily herald the coming Lord Jesus as forerunner of the Lord of hosts. Finally all the baptized are called to participate in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and assist all flesh in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.” Pastor Paula's Sermon continued with...


December 2, 2018 - First Sunday of Advent: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a...


November 25, 2018 - Christ the King Sunday: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human being” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is...


November 18, 2018 - 26th Sunday after Pentecost: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day...


November 11, 2018 - 25th Sunday after Pentecost: Gospel and Sermon

After engaging in a series of public arguments with religious leaders in the temple, Jesus contrasts the proud and oppressive ways of those leaders with the sacrificial humility and poverty of the widow.


November 4, 2018 - All Saints Sunday: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find...


October 28, 2018 - Reformation Sunday: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table. Pastor Paula's Sermon focused on the tragic events of the week and how our theology puts us in a perfect place for peace and be a city that shines in...


October 21, 2018 - 22nd Sunday After Pentecost: Gospel, Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God's take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame...


October 14, 2018 - 21st Sunday After Pentecost: Gospel Sermon and Hymn of the Day

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.


October 7, 2018 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost: Gospel,Sermon and Hymn of the Day

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does? Pastor Paula's Sermon continues with the Who Do You Say That I Am? theme with a focus on "Living What You Believe...